After working for Nasher Museum Director Kimerly Rorschach for seven years, I did not know that her love of art began in a high school history class, where she was inspired by portraits of George Washington and battle scenes of the French Revolution.
That interesting tidbit–and more–came out in Marti Maguire’s lovely feature profile on Kim in today’s News and Observer (Sunday, August 28). Kim was selected as Tar Heel of the Week.
“Rorschach has led the transformation of the Nasher Museum [of Art] at Duke University from, literally, a hole in the ground to a nationally recognized museum that sends exhibitions across the world and is amassing an impressive collection of contemporary art.”
She continues: “The museum recently earned its national accreditation after a grueling process that Rorschach oversaw for well over a year. This year, she was named vice president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, an elite group of museum leaders from across North America that has only rarely chosen university museum directors as leaders.”
Marti quoted Emily Kass, director of the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill: “Kim is one of the most highly regarded museum directors in the country, and not just for university museums, but overall.”